Cybersecurity Awareness

Ransomware

Ransomware is a type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system or data until a ransom is paid. 

Learn how to protect yourself and how to report suspicious communications containing ransomware.

Top 10 Secure Computing Tips

Top Ten Secure Computing Tips"Top 10" List of Secure Computing Tips

Tip #1 - You are a target to hackers

Don't ever say "It won't happen to me".  We are all at risk and the stakes are high - to your personal and financial well-being, and to the University's standing and reputation. 

Preventing Laptop Theft

Every semester, UC Berkeley Police received numerous reports of stolen laptops on the campus and University properties. According to theft reports, many of those stolen laptops were the result of "smash-and-grab" car break-ins. UCPD warns that, "it only takes 10 seconds for a thief  to smash a window and grab a laptop.”  To protect your laptop or mobile device and its data in the event of theft, follow these basic security practices.

Cybersecurity: Our Shared Responsibility

Cybersecurity is not just the responsibility of universities, governments, companies, groups, or individuals. Everyone shares the responsibility for cybersecurity – from staff to faculty to the campus CIO.

Take some time to review the tips and resources we have compiled below to help safeguard yourself and the University against cyber threats:

Back-to-School Cybersecurity Tips

Back to school

The new school year is an exciting time for students, faculty, and staff. It's also an exciting time for hackers, identity thieves, and other unscrupulous types who take advantage of people during this busy time of year. 

What is your role in protecting Berkeley Campus Data?


Have you ever copied a work file to your USB drive at the end of the day and wondered, "Is it safe to copy this data here?" Have you ever sent an email with a Social Security Number, a credit card number or student grades and wondered "Should I send this in email?"

Security Awareness for Staff

Here are ways you can protect your electronic presence:

Use a strong password to access your computer

Set up your computer so that you must enter a password before use. A strong password should:

Beware of Tax Scams

February 8, 2016

As the year's tax deadline approaches, tax scams start ratcheting up, especially by phone.  Some of the most common scams involve con-artists who pretend to be from the IRS and call victims telling them they have to pay right now, or else. 

Don't believe it - the IRS has formal processes in place for people with tax issues and harassing calls like these are not how the IRS does business.  The IRS will NEVER: